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Take It Like a Man: The Autobiography of Boy George (英語) ハードカバー – 1995/9

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When he was a little boy growing up in Woolwich, the 'pink sheep' of his working-class Irish family, George wanted to be like Shirley Bassey. As a man, famous for his gender-bending clothes and elaborate make up as much as for his success as the lead singer of Culture Club, he became a media darling and pop icon. And then came fame, and drugs, and a spectacular fall from grace ...Writing with complete honesty, and with his usual biting wit, Boy George chronicles his extraordinary life and times in this highly acclaimed autobiography. 'If there's another book that can top it for bitchiness, sex, glamour, fame and heartache, then Jackie Collins must be the author' Q 'Candid and entertaining ...his public image was wildly at odds with his private self, the self that was living fabulously and wildly, gorging on drugs, food and sex, trashing hotel rooms and brawling with friends' The Times --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。

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With a flick of his locks and a lash of his tongue, Boy George waltzed into musical stardom in 1982 with his smash hit "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?" As the quintessential pop star of the 1980s, Boy George was constantly in the public eye, with a string of platinum Culture Club hits, sensational personal appearances, camp behavior and gender-bending dress that fueled the media's infatuation. What turned the son of a South London builder into the embodiment of effeminacy? Why did girls go crazy over a boy who looked like a girl?

A Grammy Award for "Karma Chameleon" sealed Boy George's pop-icon status as the avant-garde star in Hasidic hat and quasi-religious robes, whose beguiling melodies and impertinent one-liners seduced an unsuspecting public. "Sex? I'd rather have a cup of tea," he said, teasing the world about his sexual leanings. But after reaching the pinnacle of success, his life took a devastating turn. Culture Club, George's pioneering band, went into eclipse, his hushed-up relationship with drummer Jon Moss fell apart and Boy George found a new and dangerous obsession -- drugs -- ending up with a heroin addiction.

In this electrifying autobiography, Boy George tells the whole truth for the first time, and does so with total candor and irrepressible wit. Take It Like a Man is the story of the crazy highs and desperate lows; the family struggles; friends and lovers -- gay, straight and transvestite; the obsessive media infatuation; as well as the agony, shame and despair of drug withdrawal. Filled with confession, revelation and inspiration, this book reflects the utter creativity of its author and tells the mesmerizing story of how George achieved the nearly impossible by coming back from the land of the deeply addicted to health, sobriety and a new horizon of musical success. His is an unfinished journey.


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  • 出版社: Harpercollins (1995/09)
  • 言語: 英語
  • ISBN-10: 0060173688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060173685
  • 発売日: 1995/09
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投稿者 tomomori トップ500レビュアー 投稿日 2009/2/4
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古本屋で気まぐれに購入したら一気読みになってしまいました。そもそも手に取った動機は「野次馬根性」で、最近Dead or Aliveのピート・バーンズのにわかファンになり、「ボーイ・ジョージも同時代の同類として面白そう」と。本書はピート・バーンズの手抜き自伝と比較すると極めて良心的な商品です。
現役の芸能人の自伝をどれくらい真に受けて読むべきか、という問題はあるのですが、ボーイ・ジョージのジョン・モスへの想いは赤裸々で真摯で迫力があります。胸打たれてしまひました。その熱愛というか渇望というか、とにかく好きで好きで好きで堪らない、という感情の凄まじさ。カルチャークラブというキャリアも数々の楽曲もバンドの終焉もドラッグへの耽溺も、あるいは後年の自己破壊的行動さえも(ごく最近も何かで逮捕されていたような)、全てジョン・モスへの熱愛が中心にあるような気がしますね。
このように男に恋することは果たしてフツーの女に可能なんでしょうか。ゲイの恋は質・量とも女には推し測れない部分がある。そしておそらくここまで無我夢中で惚れられても相手は嬉しくもなんともない、というか、ヒジョーに困るはずです。所詮は生身の人間ですから。「『神』という男を生み出したキリストはオカマに違いない」という橋本治の言葉がにわかに蘇りました。オカマほど男なる生き物を精神的にも肉体的にも熱愛する存在はおそらくいない。芸能人本を気軽に読むもりが、意外にも深遠な真実(?)に突き当たったような気分になりました。
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ボーイ・ジョージの自伝です。あの詞はそういう意味だったのか、とうなずくような所もあり、下世話な話題で満足させてくれるところもある。80年代のイギリスの音楽界の裏事情も垣間見れる。とってもおもしろいよ。
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x92c84690) Brilliant!! Everyone should read this book... 2003/2/28
投稿者 カスタマー - (Amazon.com)
形式: ハードカバー
I recently went to see Taboo, Boy George's semi-autobiographical musical about the 1980s club scene. It was then that I first became interested in his life and wanted to know more than the musical showed. I knew little about his life, as I'm not old enough to have read those infamous newspaper headlines. To be completely honest I wasn't that interested in George before I saw Taboo, I'm very heavily into my rock music...bands such as Placebo,Hole,Nirvana,Tool, PJ Harvey etc...and as Culture Club were a pop band and George is now doing his DJ thing I thought it wasn't really my cup of tea. I first bought a copy of this book for my sister's birthday as she saw Taboo with me and said Boy George's story was really interesting. When it arrived in the post I decided to have a quick read, just to see if it was as good as all the reviews on Amazon said. Well, once I started to read, it was almost impossible to stop and wrap the book up. I was hooked and knew that I would have to order my own copy. So I did. It's very rare that I find a book that captures me and interests me as much as `Take It Like A Man'. I read at every available opportunity, sometimes reading until 2am because I just couldn't wait to see what happened next. The book is written quite like George is sitting next to you, talking you through his life, the tone is friendly and inviting willing you to read on. George also laces the whole thing with a fantastic bitchy humour, even in the harrowing chapters about his drug addiction. I was very interested to read about his days as a punk, singing with his ex-boyfriend's punk band `Theatre of Hate'. I also found I was able to really relate to many things George spoke of such as experimenting with punky clothes,hair and make-up from wearing bondage trousers to listening to bands like The Clash and The Cure. Reading about the adventures of the wonderful Phillip Sallon and the ever-dramatic Marilyn was nearly always hilarious! There were also many times when I felt so sorry for George, for example when he detailed his incredibly stormy relationship with Jon Moss and the messy ending to the affair. By the end I was in tears, but I also had a big smile on my face: Here was someone who was honest and had just as many weaknesses as everyone else but somehow people expected him to be massively strong in times when anyone would have broken down. However he got through it all, he battled and the ending was full of real hope and therefore extremely uplifting. What I've gained from this book is so much respect for this man,it's odd how you think you would have hardly anything in common with someone and then suddenly you realise that you have more in common with them than you thought possible. Okay so chances are I won't be rushing out to buy a Culture Club album anytime soon but I'm immensely glad that George is still alive and well. I look forward to a sequel in the near future.....
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x92c84af8) a page turner 2005/5/27
投稿者 J. Brady - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
This is a great example of how to do an autobiography the right way. So many celebrity bios and autobios I have read in the last few years flirt with the truth but never face it head on. It seems most celebrities feel they have so much to lose by just being honest with their fans that they won't open up and tell it like it is. George is refreshingly candid, incredibly funny, and seems to have learned a great deal from his past mistakes. Some might argue that George's waning popularity since the heyday of Culture Club is the reason for this revealing, warts and all autobiography. That maybe he wouldn't be so forthright if he still had massive celebrity at stake. I would wholeheartedly disagree with that, as he has always been pretty honest about who he is and where he comes from. Who can forget his infamous Grammy acceptance speech for Best New Artist ("thank you, America...you've got style, you have taste, and you know a good drag queen when you see one!" ) and the collective GASP! that was America's response. I am of the opinion that that moment was the begining of the end for Culture Club,partly because the dreaded Best New Artist Grammy Curse, and partly because America at that time just wasn't ready for an openly homosexual, cross dressing soul singer. ( I still doubt they would be now, but that's not really the point. ) If you've no interest in Culture Club, or "Boy" George O'Dowd, then I doubt this book is really for you. But if you're a fan ( and if you've gotten this far, you must be at least curious ) I can highly recommend this book. It is at turns bitingly funny, deliciously camp and sometimes sad. A great read.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x92c84b1c) In my opinion, best pop biography ever. 2013/2/19
投稿者 E. Woontner - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
I read this big tome three times and plan a fourth. No other rock pop biography I read had the spunk, the humour, the rhythm, the giddiness of "Take it like a man", and I have read plenty. At times harrowing and bittersweet, but also tons of irony and fun. A person as multifaceted as a diamond. Let's hear it for the Boy!
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x92c84e40) Take It Like A Man Is A Fascinating Read! 1998/7/22
投稿者 M. M - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック
While this book has over 400 pages, it didn't take me long to read it. In fact i had a hard time putting it down. Boy George who has charmed us with his music ever since the early eighties, tells his story with such candor and the witt that he is famous for. I think after all these years and all that he has been through, he still hasn't lost his sense of humor. Between talking about his long time heroin addiction to his romance with drummer Jon Moss, George shows us in Take It Like A Man that he is more than just a pop superstar, but a human being with a heart and soul. George if you ever happen upon these pages, just remember that we love you and wish you the best always.
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5つ星のうち HASH(0x92c84f6c) vivid account of a colorful man 2013/7/5
投稿者 Megusta Musica - (Amazon.com)
形式: ペーパーバック Amazonで購入
Where do I even start with this one? I've admired Boy George for years, not only for his songwriting and singing, but also for his articulate, funny and profound views on life. The story is wonderfully detailed, and peppered with George's penchant for humorous plays on words and piercing one-liners. It's a very introspective and honest account of his life up to his early 30s. To be honest, it's a little hard to believe someone actually lived everything that happened in this book, so I'm sure it's much easier for us to read than it was for him to live it. Even so, he tells the story to make it feel like you are there with him, and also somehow remains someone you feel that you, too, can relate to, even in his most outrageous outfits, fantastic successes and even personal lows.

Sure, Boy George has had many very public destructive events in his life, especially ones that have happened since the publication of this book, but it's nice to see that he seems to be in a much happier period in his life now, drug-free, healthy and happy. I always will admire him for his honesty, being true to himself and who he is.
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